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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
1. What among hackers is called a display hack. Classical effects include
?plasma? (colorful mess), ?keftales? (x*x+y*y and other similar patterns,
usually combined with color-cycling), realtime fractals, realtime 3d
graphics, etc. Historically, demo effects have cheated as much as possible
to gain more speed and more complexity, using low-precision math and masses
of assembler code and building animation realtime are three common tricks,
but use of special hardware to fake effects is a Good Thing on the
demoscene (though this is becoming less common as platforms like the Amiga
2. [Finland] Opposite of dancing frog. The crash that happens when you
demonstrate a perfectly good prototype to a client. Plagues most often CS
students and small businesses, but there is a well-known case involving
Bill Gates demonstrating a brand new version of a major operating system.
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